A lot of people overlook Baltimore in preference of its close neighbor, Washington D.C. However, Baltimore is an amazing city on its own and definitely deserves some recognition! Baltimore has so much history and tons of culture throughout the city, not to mention arguably the best crab in the country. So, if you want a change of pace but still want to be a part of the city life, put Baltimore on your list!
What To Do
The Baltimore Harbor sometimes referred to as the Inner Harbor, is one of the biggest epicenters of the city. There you will find tons of activities that will fit people of all ages. You can do go to the amazing National Aquarium which everyone loves. You can also go to the Maryland Science Center if you’re more into astronomy as there are an observatory and planetarium. Beyond that, the harbor has stunning water views, ships, and tons of restaurants and shops to enjoy.
Baltimore has strong roots in the African American community, and it’s so important to recognize and respect that when you’re there. One way to incorporate that into an engaging activity is by going to The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. This museum is first of its kind, being a historical museum of only black people who helped establish the country we live in today. It’s such a different kind of experience you really can’t miss out.
If art is more your style, you have plenty of options in Baltimore. Current Space is perfect for you if you want to see a really different kind of gallery. Current Space is an artist-run collective that has tons of studios you can visit, but they also use it as a performance space, so keep your eye out for events!
Another great place to check out is the Maryland Art Place. This space is completely dedicated to local Baltimore artists, which really keeps the spirit of the local artist community alive. It’s also another place that puts on a lot of events, free exhibits, and performance art, so you should definitely stop by.
If you’re looking for a fun night time activity, you should definitely go to the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. It’s right in downtown Baltimore, and definitely not something you can find in every big city, so take advantage of it and maybe you’ll win big!
What to Eat
Baltimore is famous for a lot of types of food, one being crab cakes. Though you can find them all over the city, one of the best places to get them is in the Lexington Market at a place called Faidley Seafood. What makes their crab cakes so delicious is the amount of crab meat you can taste and very little filler, which makes all the difference in the world.
If you want some awesome soul food, Ida B’s Table is the place to go. This restaurant is named after the writer and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, which is a big nod to the black community of Baltimore. At Ida B’s Table, you’ll find all sorts of southern classics like fried catfish, gumbo, classic sweet pies, and more.